Do Glass Splashbacks Need to Be Toughened?
16th October 2023
16th October 2023
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At A1 Glass and Glazing, based in Brighton, Hove, Seaford and across Sussex, our extensive selection of double-glazing solutions are expertly designed to meet the needs of our customers. We’re proud to serve our community, providing expert installations that make any home in the region brighter, more secure, and much more energy efficient! If you’re looking for double-glazing installations, whether it be for windows, doors, architectural glass or conservatories, we have exactly what you’re looking for. Let’s get onto the main part of this article- do glass splashbacks need to be toughened? Why does this matter?
What is a Glass Splashback?
A glass splashback is a functional and aesthetically appealing feature in any modern kitchen. A glass splashback is installed as a backsplash on the wall behind a kitchen countertop in order to protect the wall from water and food splatter. It’s a popular choice of material because it is durable, easy to clean, and comes in a variety of colours and styles. It is also very hygienic- easy to wipe clean, making it perfect for busier households. It is most commonly made from toughened safety glass and is capable of withstanding high temperatures, which makes it great for kitchens with frequently used cooking appliances such as ovens or hobs.
It’s important that the glass used for your glass splashback is sturdy and durable. Kitchens are places of constant activity, making it super important that your glass splashback is designed for wear and tear, constant cleaning, and heightened temperatures. As such, it’s important that your glass splashback is reinforced. So, what does this mean?
What is Toughened Glass?
Toughened glass, also known as tempered glass, is a type of safety glass. It’s created by exposing the glass to high temperatures, and then rapidly cooling it. This process strengthens the glass by making it more shock resistant and tougher, and therefore less likely to shatter. The increased strength of toughened glass makes it suitable for various uses, such as car windshields, glass facades, and partitions, as well as kitchen worktops and cookware. It is also much safer than regular glass, as if it does shatter, it breaks down into small, cube-shaped pieces that are unlikely to cause injury, rather than large, sharp shards.
Why is Toughened Glass Important For a Splashback?
Toughened glass is an important material for use in splashbacks, due to its durability and ability to stand up to wear and tear- something that is definitely a part of everyday kitchen use. The toughened glass is resistant to heat, making it a great choice to use around the hob or oven, where heat, steam and splashes of liquids are likely to occur.
The toughened glass is also stronger, making it less likely to crack or break if there’s an impact – meaning it’s safe and durable for use in a busy kitchen. Toughened glass is much stronger than regular glass meaning it is more resistant to scratches, chips, and other imperfections that can occur with regular glass. Should the toughened glass become damaged, it shatters into harmless chunks instead of sharp shards, making it a much safer option- especially for families with small children or disabled residents.
Toughened glass also provides a stylish and safe barrier for separating wet and dry areas in the kitchen, making it a great choice for a splashback. It’s also low maintenance. With its sheer texture and easy to see surface, it’s easy to keep your splashbacks clean with a wipe down every so often, keeping your kitchen cleaner for longer!
When installing a splashback in a kitchen or bathroom, it’s important to know that using toughened glass for this job is the safest and most durable option. You’re saving yourself from a lot of maintenance, fuss and potential injury by opting for toughened glass when you choose a splashback. To avoid gnarly injuries and to gain a product that’s easy to care for, opt for toughened glass options when you choose a splashback for your home.
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At A1 Glass, we are delighted to assist homeowners with their double glazing and toughened glass needs. We make sure we evaluate the requirements of every single project, ensuring we provide a bespoke glazing solution each and every time.
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